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RATINGS: 1565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, it’s time to remind the world that here in the U.S., we have a Monk of our own. Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s new Belgian-style abbey ale called, appropriately enough, Brother Thelonious. The beer is being released in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (www.monkinstitute.org), and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv Like a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale”, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9%. The package is a 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish and features a label picturing the jazz master himself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (256) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a cinnamon-brown Cole and makes a very thin head. Smells like an old abbey ale. Smells of caramel and dark fruits and cinnamon. Tastes of malt and toffee and caramel. This is a great ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
Ganska bra öl. Drack den i början av min finölskariär. Var ganska längesen nu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1393) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours a hazy brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee and fruit. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet caramel finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a 1/2 finger head. Clear dark ruby impressive highlights through the light. Dark fruit w a touch of bananas on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is a combo of the dark fruit w the bananas more prevalent. Maybe a slight touch of dark rum too. Warming. One of my favs from his great brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (556) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
Deep brown, cloud pour with a long lasting, tight pale brown head. Toffee, dried fruit, spice . Taste is fairly sweet, rum and raisin, caramel, a little boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (744) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 24, 2014
Whoa.. super good surprise. Feels quite "quady". Sweet caramel maltiness, Belgian yeast, toffee, quite fruity, dried fruits, raisins, banana, spices, brown sugar. Moderate to heavy sweet, with moderate to light bitterness. Cant compete with top quads, but still very enjoyable and must try moar :D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1120) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2014
Pours beautiful chestnut brown with large head. Sweet, malty raisin aroma. Dominating raisin flavour with cinnamon and caramel. On the sweet side, but I like that. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisdb (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Heavey syrupy and raisin- color is right, carbonation is low and taste.... well-I don’t agree with the high marks given this beer considering the aspirations ( Abbey Ale) and the price (close to $90 in PA) for those who would discount my opinion feel free to disregard it - but let me say that I have been a hobby all grain brewer for decades and have taken the road trip through Belgium and Northern France and been to many abbey breweries and craft breweries in that world. The best abbey beers a are very different in taste and appearance but they all have something in common and that is balance. An Orval that is available at the local tavern and the Westvleteren that is nearly unobtainable anywhere share this quality although they are completely different beers. I’ve enjoyed both. The North Coast Thelonius IMHO is a high alcohol, syrupy attempt at the Westy 12, and in that is a total failure in the attempt... it has the right color and is high gravity but is not clean or balanced like a Westvleteren. I’m sorry I bought a case because I really don’t even want to drink it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EcnarM (101) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Malt forward in aroma and flavor. Poured a deep golden color with a thin white head from a 750 bottle. Not my favorite abbey style ale I have had, but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swholub (20) - - JUL 11, 2014
Poured 12oz bottle: This brew pours a clear, deep mahogany brown a a toasted tan thick head. Right off the bat, the aroma is of burnt brown sugar, spices of clove and cinnamon, and roasted nuts. This beer is complex on the palette with flavors of rum soaked dates, medium to fuller body, and a warming alcohol finish. Coming in at 9% ABV this beer is dangerously easy drinking, packed full of unique flavors.

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